Yesterday, adjunct faculty, fast-food workers, and healthcare workers packed the house for a town hall meeting at University of South Florida in Tampa with U.S. Congressional District 15 candidates to highlight why Florida needs unions. Non-union workers shared personal stories about their challenges and why they are fighting to unionize. They asked the candidates poignant questions about how they will make it easier for working people to join together in unions in Florida and raise wages. Union workers spoke passionately about how the strength of a union protects their interests and improves their lives. Community leaders testified to the impact unions have in uplifting communities and our democracy.
Candidates Kristen Carlson, Raymond Peña, and Andrew Learned joined moderators Mike Ruso (Faculty Forward) and Bleu Rainer (Fight for 15), panelists Cheryl DeFlavis (Faculty Forward), Teresa Greene (Faculty Forward), Antwon Dunn (Fight for 15), Karen Scott (1199 SEIU), Dr. Bruce Niessen (community leader), and Dr. Susan Greenbaum (community leader). The evening was filled with energy and the spirit of solidarity, proving that a people united will never be defeated.
This was the first in a series of town halls that will be held across the country. The next town hall is today in Miami.
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To view the live stream, visit Fight for $15 Florida’s Facebook story.
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